The Key to Choosing a Virtualization Systems Management Tool

    August 14, 2015

    By John Miecielica

    Choosing the right virtual systems management tool is crucial when it comes to honing your IT team’s predictive capabilities.

    Most large companies employ a variety of tools when it comes to managing their virtual system infrastructures. The problem is that a lot of these tools exist only within the context of the virtualized environment, meaning they are confined to an IT-centric bubble that limits their ability to have any sort of significant, company-wide impact.

    Reports on CPU utilization and memory realization are certainly interesting from an IT perspective, but at the end of the day, you have to be able to translate this information into what a business really cares about: maximizing value via throughput and response time.

    While there are plenty of tools available to aid system managers, choosing the right one will make it possible to connect this data back to your business in a practical way, allowing IT to gain significant influence on corporate-level decisions. Let’s take a closer look at virtual systems and why managing them correctly is so important.

    Virtual Systems Management

    TechTarget defines Virtual Systems Management (VSM) as the “process of remotely managing the allocation and use of resources in conventional networks as well as in virtual area networks.” In other words, these systems work to streamline and organize in a way that greatly minimizes the risk of system failure and data loss.

    When properly executed, VSM can do things like maximize productivity by reallocating workloads, improve a system’s stability, and allow you to monitor the relationships between your existing resources and systems. It can even drastically reduce energy usage, ultimately cutting down on your company’s operating costs and environmental footprint, according to TechTarget.

    These functions are all very interesting and important from an IT perspective, but without a tool that can create a practical context in which to place the information, the benefits VSM offers are largely inaccessible from a business standpoint.

    Keep Your Tools Connected to Your Business

    Considering the potential value that VSM can add to your business, making sure the system remains transparent and in-step with the company’s day-to-day operations should be a top priority.

    The key lies in connecting the virtual system to the concrete business model. By choosing a tool that can take dense, technical data and translate it into something that is easily digestible, this information will easily permeate throughout all ranks of your company, fostering a cyclical environment in which IT drives business and vice versa.

    Find Your Solutions Today

    The experts at TeamQuest understand that today, the recipe for success is equal parts IT and business operations. Their powerful tools and services will help you capitalize on the full potential that properly-implemented VSM stands to offer, ensuring that your system never falls out of touch with your business as a whole.

    Find out where you stand in terms of IT maturity by taking TeamQuest’s free Service Optimization Maturity Assessment today.

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    Category: virtualization